Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines Making Waves in Moscow
In a small hall in Moscow, Russia, there is a new attraction that has local residents surprisingly excited. The last classic game to leave what was then the Soviet Union was Tetris. Around that time, quite a few locally popular titles were released, but their availability was limited. The Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines is giving people the opportunity to play arcade machines that cannot be found anywhere else.
Customers must use coins in order actually partake in gaming, but just looking at these rare specimens is enough for most visitors. All games on display are from the Soviet era, which sometimes throws international travelers through a loop. Normally, communist nations are looked at as being uncreative, oppressive and downright dreary. However, the games on display at the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines showcases the height of gaming technology for its time.
On the other hand, it must be said that many of the titles at this museum are actually copycat versions of more popular US and Japanese based 1980s arcade machines. Titles that are eerily similar to Duck Hunt and Missile Command come in their original forms, complete with chips, scratches and other signs of general wear and tear. Fortunately, players are also able to take advantage of the fact that the museum has kept all of the prices posted on these machines the same as well.
It has been years since Russia has been known as the USSR, but these arcade games help to capture a period of time that was both rich and tumultuous. The children of local residents that never experienced communism can look at these games with completely innocent eyes. Older Russians, however, might feel a bit of nostalgia mixed with other feelings.
The Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines will probably never be one of the top 10 places to visit in Moscow, but it is becoming a popular tourist attraction for arcade fanatics. Anyone that has an old school Soviet era arcade game that is Russian in origin is welcome to make a donation to this museum. In return, you may just be able to play these rare games free of charge, for life.